Bethany Chafin

Associate Producer/Web Editor

Bethany joined the staff of WFDD in the fall of 2012.  She received her B.A. and M.A. in English Literature from Wake Forest University and focused on Anglo-Irish writing.  Between undergraduate studies and graduate school, Bethany served as the intern to Talk of the Nation at NPR in DC, participating in live NPR Election Night Coverage, Presidential debate broadcasts, regular Talk of the Nation shows, and helping to plan the inaugural broadcast of ‘Talk of the World.’  She enjoys engaging her interests in books, politics, and art in the interdisciplinary world of public radio.  Originally from Jacksonville, Florida, Bethany enjoys calling the Piedmont home.   

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Arts
3:44 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Arts Council Reveals Plan for Downtown Theatre District in Winston-Salem

A drawing of the proposed downtown theatre district on Spruce Street between Second and Fourth Streets.

Earlier this year, the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County received a $30,000 State Arts Council SmART Initiative grant. And on September 10th, the Arts Council released its report and proposal for art-driven economic development in downtown Winston-Salem. The report lays out a conceptual plan for a Downtown Theatre District centered on Spruce Street between Fourth and Second Streets. 

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Arts
8:46 am
Wed September 11, 2013

"Proof of Heaven" Author To Speak at Centenary United Methodist Church

Dr. Eben Alexander, author of Proof of Heaven.
Eben Alexander

Dr. Eben Alexander has been a practicing neurosurgeon for 25 years. In November of 2008, Alexander experienced a 7 day coma due to an attack of bacterial meningitis.  Alexander’s 2012  New York Times Best Selling book, Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife documents his transformative experience.  On Tuesday, September 17th, Alexander returns to Winston-Salem, where he was raised, to share his story at Centenary United Methodist Church.  The event begins at 7:00pm and is free and open to the public.  
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Arts
1:11 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

The Bo-Stevens Live in Studio A and getting Animated with Green Hill Center for NC Art

Billie Feather & Richard Boyd Live in Studio A
Credit WFDD

Today we kick things off with The Bo-Stevens, Live in Studio A! The Winston-Salem based old school country act has a new album out and they treat us to some cuts live, and share their insights on the craft with Technical Producer Eddie Garcia.  Then we get Animated! with not one, but TWO award-winning artists: NC State College of Design’s Marc Russo, and UNC-Charlotte Digital Fabrication Lab’s Ryan Buyssens.

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Arts
4:58 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Reflections on the Generosity of a Poet: The Work of Seamus Heaney

Irish poet Seamus Heaney.

The Irish poet Seamus Heaney passed away last Friday, August 30th. He was 74.  The well-loved writer was born in Northern Ireland, and during his career he published over 20 volumes of poetry and criticism, taught at Harvard University, served as the Oxford Professor of Poetry, and won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995.  Professor of English and Director of the Wake Forest University Press Jeff Holdridge and Assistant Professor of English Omaar Hena shared their reflections on the poet and his work.

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Arts
1:52 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Things Wondrous and Humble, Big Shoes To Fill, and New River Blues Festival

A still life by William Harnett featured in the new exhibit.
Reynolda House Museum of American Art

Today, we begin with things wondrous and humble in one of America’s finest art museums. Then we’ll open up a can of dreams, and scale a treacherous mountain in shoes several sizes too large. And we wrap things up with a good case of the blues on the banks of a New River. Still life that’ll really knock your socks off at Reynolda House, Big Shoes by Open Dream Ensemble, and the 2013 New River Blues Festival are all coming your way.

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